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    How Gloversville: North Main Street UMC lay minister will prepare members to lead a worship service

    March 1, 2022 / By Shannon Hoson

    Ms. Joyce Royal as been the certified lay minister at Gloversville: North Main Street UMC, located in the Mohawk District, for three years. Having previously served as the Education Coordinator for Lay Servant Ministries in the Albany District, Joyce has a curriculum to help lay servants and members of a congregation learn how to lead a worship service.

    Joyce said, “People don’t realize how many resources are available in the United Methodist Book of Worship and the hymnal.”

    Joyce is teaching a class Marcg 19 and March 26 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Gloversville: North Main Street UMC that is open to lay servants ($20 fee and continuing education credits offered) and anyone who would like to learn how to lead a worship service.

    This course requires participants to purchase the book, Worshipping with United Methodists from Cokesbury.

     Joyce is encouraging not only lay servants in her church, but also all members interested to take the course.

    Joyce said, “I am hoping to have at least two people to be able to fill in for me if for some reason I can’t be available to lead worship on a particular Sunday. This course will give them the confidence they need to hold a worship service.”

    In this course, which Joyce will co-teach with Ron Talbott from North Bush UMC, participants will learn how to find things in both the hymnal and The United Methodist Book of Worship. North Main Street UMC can accommodate many people with social distancing in place. All participants need to bring their vaccination cards and wear masks for maximum safety.

    For more information on this course, contact Joyce at 518-725-7323 or

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    With more than 100,000 members, United Methodists of Upper New York comprises of more than 675 local churches and New Faith Communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our vision is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."